Teaching our Children to Have a Servant’s Heart

2 Jul

More than anything else I want my children to have a servant’s heart and to have empathy for those who are lost and hurting. I want their eyes to be open to see that life doesn’t revolve around them but life could be better for someone because of them. To serve in the name and love of God and not in the name of their ego and pride. To serve knowing their eternal reward is far better than any worldly award or recognition (Knowing it is by grace they are saved not works-Ephesians 2:8). To put all selfish desires aside, religious beliefs, social class, racial class, and any other worldly obstacle aside and love because He loved us first ( 1 John 4:19). To teach them to be ready to give their coat, to bandage a wound, to give a hug, to offer encouragement, to offer a prayer, a listening ear, a strong back, but mostly be ready to tell of their Savior and the great gift of salvation He brings (Proverbs 11:24-25, John 3:16).

How, in the midst of an entitled culture do I do this? First, and most important, I need to be in the word and in prayer. Second, I don’t indulge every whim and fancy of my children. A gift then becomes a real surprise, welcomed with true gratitude. We discern the difference between want and need and they are learning to appreciate a job well done. Lastly, practice what you preach. Your children do as they see not as they hear.

I am a work in progress, always! I fail more than I succeed. I just pray that in the middle of my shortcomings, they see the true intentions and through that, I pray, compassion sprouts.

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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17 Responses to “Teaching our Children to Have a Servant’s Heart”

  1. Rebecca October 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on …..and a sprinkle of love and commented:

    In such a “me first” society, I am trying to raise servant minded children. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

  2. MissesC October 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    In the words of one my teachers: “as sinners, we are not very inventive; we have broken the same ten commandments for the last 2000 years;you think that we learned something!” I guess, the world does not changes so we, as Christians, have to make a difference by living the word and teaching by example. I mighty high goal in my life! But I keep on hoping that God gives me another day, and another chance, at trying to live my life His way.

    • Christa Brown October 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      This is beautifully stated, Rebecca. This is one of the character traits that I teach to my children and my cottage school students. These traits need to be taught in today’s society and teaching by example is one of the best ways. It is probably the one way that I struggle with the most. Daily meditation in the word is the best way to keep my focus on how I need to be leading my children and others.

  3. Jennifer October 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Yes, yes, yes. Totally agree with you. Thanks for posting!

    • Rebecca October 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment!

  4. Ebony October 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh AMEN to this! You put my heart into words. My daughter is only one but I am always praying for wisdom in this area. I pray for the ability to practice what I preach and lead her by example, as well as, my words. Thank you for sharing this! Well said, Sister!

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    • Zilliana June 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      A very helpful reminder for us all. Thanks for sharing.

      • Rebecca June 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

        Thank you, my friend! I really appreciate the kind encouraging comment. Thanks for visiting! ~Blessings~

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